'Roseanne' returns in a big way, broadcast networks rejoice

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The success of 'Roseanne' is a boon to all the broadcast networks, who are desperate to remain relevant as audiences are increasingly splintered. The combination of nostalgia and curiosity of over the title character's politics drew a huge crowd, and a 5.1 rating in the key demographic. We may see more shows to come that are specifically designed to appeal to middle America, but it's important to keep this example in the context of reboot culture overall. A brand new show, even if it were Trump-centric, would likely have a tough time drawing as big a crowd. For the moment though, ABC is no doubt thrilled, and the star is said to have received a call from the President himself, congratulating her on the ratings. 



Kaitlin Parker